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Model shown: Wheego whip
Price: About $30,000
Power: Electric only
Expected sale date: Summer 2010

You can buy a car called the Wheego Whip now, but it's not what most people would consider a "real car." It's a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, or NEV. The Whip that is now on the market will only hit speeds up to 35 miles per hour, has a range of about 40 miles on a single charge and costs about $20,000. All of that makes the Whip well suited for short commutes or running errands around town.

As an NEV, the Whip can legally forgo certain safety features such as airbags, although the basics, like three-point seatbelts, are still required. Additionally, the Whip isn't required to go through the same crash tests as cars that can drive at higher speeds.But Wheego has plans to turn the Whip into a real highway capable car, with a better battery and more safety features. The company has just started crash tests on the new model.

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Last updated November 04 2009: 4:04 AM ET
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